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Doing Drugstore: Alpha Hydrox 12% AHA Souffle

For the last three weeks, I've been using a lotion that—if you believe all the rave reviews—is supposed to transform skin from a zitty, dull mess into radiant, beautiful skin. Alpha Hydrox 12% AHA Souffle is named for its 12% concentration of glycolic acid, an AHA that exfoliates and removes dead skin. (For a definition of AHAs, click here.)

This whipped lotion gets rave reviews from people, some of whom said they'd watched their face get brighter in just a few days. But since AHAs usually don't give overnight results, I decided to wait almost a month before reviewing this product. After three and a half weeks of hoping and religiously applying AHA Souffle, I have to say, it just doesn't live up to the high praise I'd heard about it.

That's not to say I wouldn't buy it again, though. Keep reading and I'll explain what I mean. To find out,

One thing I like about this product is its price. It retails for $15.99, but I bought it for $5.99 at Walgreens. If you're going to buy an AHA product, you may as well buy one that doesn't cost $50, right?

Where I get into a love/hate thing is the efficacy of the product. The first time I applied the Souffle, I braced myself for the stinging that inevitably goes along with glycolic acid. It didn't come. Yet night after night, I applied the lotion after cleansing and letting my face dry. While my skin doesn't look quite as dull, it doesn't look significantly more glowing, either. I get better results from my beloved Lush Brazened Honey mask.

With all of that said, I'd recommend this for someone who hasn't tried AHA products before. Everybody's skin responds to treatment differently, so while this didn't do anything for me, it might work well for someone else. (How else to explain the rave reviews, right?) Have you tried this stuff? Am I the only one not completely wowed by it?


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BlueArcEnCiel BlueArcEnCiel 2 years
I have done a review on AHA Souffle at http://blue-arc-en-ciel.blogspot.in/, do stop by if you get a chance to. An absolutely wonderful product that hydrates the skin perfectly. A must have for oily, sensitive skins as it is fragrance free and oil free. Highly recommended product if you want to see quick results. PS: It wont break your bank too :)
considerphi considerphi 5 years
I just got this two weeks ago and am having great results like the rave reviews I guess. The texture of my skin improved dramatically and looks smoother and clearer and post-zit hyperpigmentation is going away quicker than usual. I wonder if it matters what you were using before. If you were using some sort of peel/glycolic acid before, it would likely make no difference. I wasn't using much before... aveeno daily scrub, and aveeno calming lotion with sunblock. Anyway I'm loving it so much I'm actually worried it's too good. Anyway know of any bad effects of 12% aha everyday? I always use sunscreen.
starlotus713 starlotus713 8 years
Three or four times a week at night I use this along with Clean and Clear's 10% benzoyl peroxide Persa Gel - keeps my cystic acne and milia away. It irritates my skin if I use it for more than a couple of days in a row, so I trade it off with Neutrogena Oil Free Acne wash (has salycilic acid, a BHA instead of AHA). I also use Aveeno skin calming lotion to counteract the irritating acne products I have to use. However, for me and everyone I've had try the Alpha Hydrox cream - you really do need to wear a higher SPF sunscreen for at least 48 hours afterwards! I forgot once and wore my regular SPF 15 sunscreen to the beach the next day and my body was fine but my poor face was FRIED! The burn went away fast but I've never had a sunburn hurt so bad!
starlotus713 starlotus713 8 years
Three or four times a week at night I use this along with Clean and Clear's 10% benzoyl peroxide Persa Gel - keeps my cystic acne and milia away. It irritates my skin if I use it for more than a couple of days in a row, so I trade it off with Neutrogena Oil Free Acne wash (has salycilic acid, a BHA instead of AHA). I also use Aveeno skin calming lotion to counteract the irritating acne products I have to use.However, for me and everyone I've had try the Alpha Hydrox cream - you really do need to wear a higher SPF sunscreen for at least 48 hours afterwards! I forgot once and wore my regular SPF 15 sunscreen to the beach the next day and my body was fine but my poor face was FRIED! The burn went away fast but I've never had a sunburn hurt so bad!
omgmonster omgmonster 8 years
I've tried it, threw mine away. I think I was allergic to it, it made my face itchy and oily. I bought it because of all the positive reviews, I guess it just doesn't work for me.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Gave me severe cystic acne for a month-- was so depressed I couldn't leave the house...
elephantheart elephantheart 8 years
I used it, along with the facial wash. Didn't see any difference in my skin- if anything it was too thick for my skin and made me feel a bit greasy. I was dissapointed and gave it away- maybe someone else will have better luck.
urbanrosed urbanrosed 8 years
I find that I have to pair an AHA with a BHA or it doesn't do much for me. However, the day lotion is a great daily moisturizer, and it can't hurt.
urbanrosed urbanrosed 8 years
I find that I have to pair an AHA with a BHA or it doesn't do much for me. However, the day lotion is a great daily moisturizer, and it can't hurt.
abbyhascooties abbyhascooties 8 years
I use the whole line of Alpha Hydrox products- the souffle, foaming face wash, body wash, spf day lotion, and the night lotion. I've been using them for like at least a month and like you, no results!
IlovemyGeek IlovemyGeek 8 years
I've used the souflee and didn't get any results per se. Now I'm using a combo of Boots No7 Restore and Renew and Refine and Rewind along with their night cream and I'm seeing some great results.
vienvien vienvien 8 years
Lanilovespeaches---I think Bella has answered this. She said it might work for some and might not work for everybody. Everybody's skin responds differently. This might not work for her as she said but if you try, this might work for you. LucyS said AHAs have done good on her skin and I said AHAs have been favored by users and dermatologists alike, this product might be good for you. Why don't you try it?
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 8 years
Bella, maybe if you use an AHA with a lower pH, you'd have better results. I haven't tried the AHA Souffle, but I get great results with a 10% AHA liquid with a 1.9 pH. I started with a 5% and worked up to 10% over a month's time.
lanilovespeaches lanilovespeaches 8 years
Does anyone know if this works or not? Thanks!
vienvien vienvien 8 years
Although AHA's are recommended by dermatologists and a lot of people swear by it, I am more amazed at the power of argireline in skincare products like Principal Secret Reclaim skincare . Ever since I used it, I "grew" younger than I expected. Argireline is also found in Dr. Paricia Wexler.
lucyS lucyS 8 years
The Alpha Hydrox stuff is the only thing I've found that does work on my 'tendency to break-out' skin. It's funny but I've used it for years and used to buy it for $9.99 (Canadian), then it disappeared from the shelves for awhile. When it returned the same bottle cost $27.99.
sofi sofi 8 years
ooh- I've read so much good stuff about Regenerist. I think I'll give it a try. I actually found some Boots No7 Restore & Renew the other day. I want to finish some other stuff I have been using (Garnier Skin Renew- nothing special but I haven't done it religiously). So, who has used this No7 miracle lotion? How does it compare to anything else?? Seems expensive for the tiny bottle I bought.
blondeviking blondeviking 8 years
Well, I read in Consumer Digest that when it came to skin rejuvenating creams, Olay Regenerist beat out pretty much everything - even the really pricey stuff. So, my sister bought it, and then my mother bought it, and now we're all using the Regenerist product line. It REALLY works. My mom's fine lines actually disappeared, and my various little facial scars and marks went away. I don't mean to sound like a commercial for the stuff. But for all the money I've spent on my skin, this is the first thing that I can honestly say made a big difference.
blondeviking blondeviking 8 years
Well, I read in Consumer Digest that when it came to skin rejuvenating creams, Olay Regenerist beat out pretty much everything - even the really pricey stuff.So, my sister bought it, and then my mother bought it, and now we're all using the Regenerist product line. It REALLY works. My mom's fine lines actually disappeared, and my various little facial scars and marks went away. I don't mean to sound like a commercial for the stuff. But for all the money I've spent on my skin, this is the first thing that I can honestly say made a big difference.
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